Why This Woman Is Coaching Executives to Be Actors

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Speaking in public in a professional setting — at a meeting, conference, or elsewhere — is a kind of performance art. It’s a skill that can be learned and honed, which is why Carol Lempert created Speaking LLC. Lempert combined her experiences as an actress and businesswoman to help professionals feel more confident and poised in the boardroom and beyond.

“I began my career as a professional actress and now work with Fortune 500 business leaders, helping them increase their executive presence by teaching the skills actors use to have great stage and screen (Zoom) presence,” Lempert tells CircleAround.

Carol Lempert Speaking LLC is a boutique learning and development company located in Secaucus, New Jersey. Her services include teaching executives how to craft a compelling script (PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation) that captures “the head, heart, and guts of their audience,” how to handle tough Q&A situations using the power of improvisation, ways to overcome stage fright and performance anxiety, and courses on how to understand human behavior (their boss or their clients) by analyzing a character.

Lempert also offers a unique keynote speaking experience, to rev up crowds and motivate audiences at conferences or meetings. Some involve audience participation through icebreakers to encourage easy networking.

Our ‘secret sauce’ is our talent.

“We are a team of eight international actor-trainers," she notes. "Everyone on the team has a rare combination of expertise: theatre, business, and adult education.”

According to Lempert, these three complementary skill sets provide her clients with learning experiences that are personalized, exacting, and fun. As an actress, she’s worked with celebrities, such as Jimmy Smits, Linda Hamilton, Jane Krakowski, and Leslie Nielsen. Today, she provides services for clients like JP Morgan, Comcast, and the Harvard Executive Education program.

“Typically, companies bring us in to help them tell better stories, learn to improve their personal brand and executive presence, and increase their emotional intelligence,” says Lempert. “We have a particular focus on working with women to help them speak up, step up, and move up.

It's exciting to help an executive succeed at giving an important presentation.

An example she provides is of a C-Level client from Procter & Gamble, who was invited to speak at the United Nations. Lempert coached him on his talk, and, according to her, he left the event “just beaming” from the positive experience.

Lempert has been navigating the shift from in-person classroom training and events to virtual training. But she still remains positive despite any changes and has worked with over 500 people in 2020 alone. Recently, she received a contract to teach storytelling skills to a group of mid-level leaders at a global life-sciences company.

“The rewards are deeply personal,” notes Lempert. Her work has provided positive experiences for both her clients and herself — and new opportunities for growth. “I love to help people become the best version of themselves.”

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